I is for: Imagine the Ideal Scenario

Imagine the ideal scenario

Today’s prompt asks, “What’s your ideal scenario? Bring your vision to life by creating a drawing or collage of pictures.”

I’m a little bit uncomfortable with things that don’t line up neatly, and a collage definitely falls into that category, so I’ve made it a practice to never put together a collage…ever. But, I can definitely get into visualization as I imagine the ideal scenario for my future.

What I see and feel in my ideal scenario

It’s 5 years from now. A treatment has been formulated to cure lung cancer and reverse the negative effects that living with and treating cancer have on a person. So my husband is still with me, better than ever.

We are empty nesting! Our children are grown. Summer is married and has 1.5 kids, going on 4. We love having the grandchildren over each Friday night. Sam is finishing up her master’s degree in biomedical engineering and law. Yes, she’s an overachiever and has double majored. She plans to work for the FDA. Emily is finishing up her degree in Library and Information Sciences. She is moving to Washington DC where she will work with the Library of Congress. So my family is good. I start there as I imagine the ideal scenario because they are what are most important to me.

In my ideal scenario, I’ve completed my entire Facing Cancer book series and I’m now writing my 2nd mystery novel. My first hit the best seller list—can you believe it?

How I achieved this success

With the kids gone and Dan feeling better, I’ve had plenty of time to work. That’s exactly what I do. I wake up early each morning and go for a walk with my husband. This movement enhances my creativity. Then I return to my desk where I write until noon. Dan and I have lunch and share how our morning has gone. Then it’s back to the grind until 2 pm. This schedule is how I can be so prolific. All of the most successful writers swear by it: BIS (Butt in Seat) I’m sure that’s the wrong acronym, but you get the idea.

As far as what people are saying in my ideal scenario

In my ideal scenario, I don’t really know and I don’t really care. This is my ideal scenario. Right now in my, “not-ideal” scenario, I care a bit too much about what people say. I really need to find a way to let go of that. One thing that does matter, though is that people are reading my books and they are making an impact. I think that’s why we write. It’s our way of changing the world around us.

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Walt Disney once said, “If you can dream it you can do it.” And look at what he was able to achieve with a dream and a mouse! Think about a project you’re working on. Close your eyes and imagine your absolute ideal scenario.

  • What do you see?
  • How do you feel?
  • What are people saying around you?
  • How did you achieve this success?

What’s your ideal scenario? Imagine it below in the comments.

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About Heather EricksonThe Ericksons

I am an author, writer, and speaker and homeschooling mom of 3. Since doctors diagnosed my husband, Dan with stage IV lung cancer in 2012, I’ve focused my writing and speaking on helping cancer patients and their families advocate for themselves and live life to the fullest, in spite of their illness. My goal is to help people face cancer with grace. My books are available at Amazon.com:

The Memory Maker’s Journal 

Facing Cancer as a Friend: How to Support Someone Who Has Cancer

Facing Cancer as a Parent: Helping Your Children Cope with Your Cancer

I also blog about living with cancer at Facing Cancer with Grace.

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4 comments on “I is for: Imagine the Ideal Scenario

Maybe not a collage but a vision board. You can make it as neat and orderly as you like 🙂

That’s true, Liz. I guess I have seen so many collage style vision boards that I automatically think mine would have to be that way. I’m going to have to see if I can try one in an orderly fashion.

My ideal scenario is the life I am now living, sans one important glitch that you mentioned in your post today, Heather. Stop caring about what other people say (about a writing project or published book) if the comments are not beneficial to the topic at hand. A hard lesson to incorporate into real life.
Best of success with your ideal scenario, a heaven-on-earth goal indeed.
I is for: Infamous-Prison Secrets
(Theme: very short stories/varied genres)

Hi Gail. I know of many people who won’t read comments on their work because negative ones hurt too much. I think it is difficult for many writers because of the personal investment we put into our writing. If I could stop caring (about what people think of my writing), I think I would be more content. Something to work on…

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